UCLA Anderson School of Management



How Long is the Shadow of History? The Long-Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes

A conference co-sponsored by the All-UC Group in Economic History, the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the UCLA Economics department to be held at UCLA, May 18-19, 2012

Leah Boustan, Greg Clark and Romain Wacziarg, Organizers

For Questions Regarding Travel Arrangements, or to RSVP for the event, contact Leslie Culpepper.

The hotel for conference participants will be the Palomar Hotel.

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Conference Program

Friday May 18, 2012: Long Run Sources of the Wealth of Nations

UCLA Anderson School, Entrepreneur's Hall, Room C315

8:30: Breakfast, hall outside seminar room

9:00: Quamrul Ashraf (Williams) and Oded Galor (Brown), "Cultural Diversity, Geographic Isolation and the Origin of the Wealth of Nations". Discussant: Romain Wacziarg (UCLA).

10:00: Coffee Break

10:15: Alberto Alesina (Harvard), Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown) and Elias Papaioannou (Dartmouth), "Ethnic Inequality". Discussant: Christian Dippel (UCLA).

11:15: William Easterly (NYU) and Ross Levine (Brown), "The European Origins of Economic Development" Discussant: Enrico Spolaore (Tufts University).

12:15: Lunch, D Atrium, Cornell Hall

13:30: Saumitra Jha (Stanford), "Trade, Institutions and Ethnic Tolerance: Evidence from South Asia". Discussant: Nico Voigtländer (UCLA).

14:30: Coffee Break

15:00: Graduate Student Session: (Presentation 20 minutes, discussant 10 minutes, general discussion 10 minutes)

1. Mohamed Saleh (USC), "On the Road to Heaven: Poll tax, Religion, and Human Capital in Medieval and Modern Egypt". Discussant: Liam Kennedy (Queen's University Belfast).

2. Jim Siodla (UC, Irvine), "Razing San Francisco: A Natural Experiment Approach to Understanding the Legacy of Urban Land Use". Discussant: Richard Hornbeck (Harvard).

3. Jordi Vidal-Robert (Boston University), "The Persistence of the Inquisitorial Mind: Long-Run Effects of the Spanish Inquisition" Discussant: Greg Clark (UC Davis).

17:00: Adjourn

18:30: Dinner, UCLA Faculty Club: Keynote speaker: Rob Boyd, Department of Anthropology (UCLA). Saturday May 19, 2012: Mechanisms of Long Run Persistence

Saturday May 19, 2012: Mechanisms of Long Run Persistence

UCLA Anderson School, Cornell Hall, Room D301

8:30: Breakfast, outside seminar room

9:00: Emilio Depetris-Chauvin (Brown) and David N. Weil (Brown): "Malaria and Early African Development: Evidence from the Sickle Cell Trait". Discussant: Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA).

10:00: Coffee Break

10:15: Eric Chaney (Harvard) and Richard Hornbeck (Harvard and NBER) "Malthusian Responses to Demographic Shocks and Extractive Institutions: Evidence from the 1609 Spanish Expulsion of Moriscos". Discussant: Paola Giuliano (UCLA).

11:15: Sascha Becker (Warwick), "The Empire Is Dead, Long Live the Empire! Long-Run Persistence of Trust and Corruption in the Bureaucracy". Discussant: Paul Seabright (Toulouse School of Economics).

12:15: Lunch, Atrium in Cornell Hall

13:30: Hoyt Bleakley (Chicago) "Portage and Path Dependence". Discussant: Matthew Kahn (UCLA).

14:30: Coffee Break

15:00: Ran Abramitzky (Stanford), Leah Boustan (UCLA) and Katherine Ericksson (UCLA): "A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration". Discussant: Noam Yuchtman (UC Berkeley).

16:00: Adjourn

(Presentation format: 30 minutes for authors, 15 minutes for discussants, 15 minutes of general discussion)